Urology Clinical Research

Urology Volunteer Research Registry

Learn about or register for participation in future Department of Urology clinical research.

Research Study on Urinary and Bladder Complaints/Symptoms

For Men and Women with Bladder Complaints/Symptoms

Individuals age 18 and older with urinary or bladder complaints, and are seeking treatment with a UIHC provider as a new patient for these symptoms are invited to participate in a research study. Participants will undergo a standard physical examination; provide blood, urine and saliva samples as well as a vaginal or perineal swab, and complete questionnaires that assess the problems you are having with your bladder and other health-related issues. There is no cost to you for the research activities. This research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Compensation provided. If you or someone you know is interested in this study, please contact Linda Moss, RN at 319-356-1111 or by email: linda-moss@uiowa.edu or Andrea Lopez at 319-356-7965 or amhoon@healthcare.uiowa.edu.

Men and Women with Pelvic Pain

Men and women age 18 and older with pelvic pain from interstitial cystitis or chronic prostatitis (chronic inflammation around the prostate) are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study.

The study seeks to understand the possible causes of these conditions with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment. However, the study itself does not include treatment.

Both conditions can cause pain and the need to urinate more often than normal.

The study involves a minimum of five visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics over a three-year period. Each visit will last two to six hours. The visits include blood, urine, and DNA tests, a physical exam, MRI scanning, and pain testing.

In addition, participants will frequently be asked to answer health questions online. It will take an average of 15-90 minutes to complete the questionnaires, depending on the visit.

Women who are pregnant are not eligible to participate in the study.

The study tests are provided at no cost. Compensation is available. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

For more information, contact Mary Eno, study coordinator, at 319-384-9265 or mary-eno@uiowa.edu.